Nothing like walking into a near empty arena and hearing Rush’s “La Villa Strangiato” blasting over the speakers (Thanks Greg Kemery!)…A Strange House, indeed…
Hawks Notes: Prince George @ Portland – December 12, 2008
Previous Game – Seattle 3 @ Portland 1: The Seattle Thunderbirds shut down the Portland Winter Hawks on Friday night at the Memorial Coliseum, defeating the home team by a margin of 3-1 in front of 7,050 on the 11th annual Teddy Bear Toss game. Luke Walker would bring the bring the bears to the ice late in the final period, chipping home a centering pass from Chris Francis with 1:52 remaining to cut the Seattle lead to 2-1, but Greg Scott would score an empty net goal to seal the win for Seattle. Jonathan Parker got Seattle on the scoreboard first, taking a bad bounce off the glass and beating Kurtis Mucha with a wrist shot from the slot with just under three minutes remaining in the opening period. Seattle would make the score 2-0 when Chris Cloud put home a second effort with five minutes remaining in the final period for the game winning goal. Calvin Pickard stopped 34 of 35 shots to get his fourth victory of the season against Portland while Kurtis Mucha stopped 31 of 33 shots in the loss. On special teams, both teams finished the game 0 for 2 on the man advantage.
Team Notes: Portland is (8-23-0-0); (5-9-0-0) at home (0-2-0-0 in Rose Garden); (3-14-0-0) on the road. The Hawks last home win was on December 2, 2008, a 4-1 win over Kootenay. The last road win was on November 7, 2008, a 2-1 win over Spokane.
Portland vs. Prince George: This is the second of four meetings between the two teams. Portland leads the series 1-0-0-0 after a 4-1 win over the Cougars on 11/14 in Portland. The Winter Hawks outshot the Cougars 38-27 with Chris Francis leading the way with a (2 g-1 a) 3 point night. On special teams, Portland is 1 for 7 (14.3%) on the PP while Prince George is 1 for 6 (16.7%).
11-14-08 – PG 1 @ Portland 4 12-12-08 – PG @ Portland
2-9-09 – Portland @ PG 2-10-09 – Portland @ PG
All-Time vs. Prince George:
Total: 87 GP – 40 (W) – 42 (L) – 5 (T) – 0 (OTL) – 0 (SOL)
At Home: 43 GP – 26-15-2-0-0 – On Road: 44 GP – 14-27-3-0-0
Total: 2335 GP – 1135 (W) – 1037 (L) – 127 (T) – 28 (OTL) – 8 (SOL)
At Home: 1166 GP – 715-380-61-71-3 – On Road: 1169 GP – 420-657-66-21-5
Regular Season Leaders:
Goals: Radim Valchar (8)
Assists: Killian Hutt/Brad Ross/Radim Valchar (10)
Points: Radim Valchar (18)
Penalty Minutes: Brad Ross (47)
GAA: Kurtis Mucha (3.80)
Save Percentage: Kurtis Mucha (89.3%)
Power Play: 15 for 143 (10.5%) overall – 6 for 66 (9.1%) at home
Penalty Kill: 104 of 143 (72.7%) overall – 51 for 65 (78.5%) at home
Current Streaks: None.
Injuries & Roster Updates: Jason Grecica, F, Knee (Indefinite); Nick Dietrich, F, Wrist (Indefinite); Ryan Kerr, D, Shoulder (Day to Day). The Hawks have lost 82 man games to injury in 2008-09. Radim Valchar has been selected to try out for the Czech Republic World Jr. Team in Brampton, Ontario, starting on December 15, 2008.
Three Named to Team Pacific: Keith Hamilton, Brad Ross and Troy Rutkowski were all named to represent Team Pacific at the World U17 Championships to be held in Port Alberni, BC, from December 29, 2008 – January 4, 2009.
Milestones: Kurtis Mucha has played a career total of 9,537 minutes played, and is now 2nd all-time for minutes played by a Winter Hawk goaltender, currently 222 minutes behind Lanny Ramage on the all-time list. Mucha also is now the Winter Hawk all-time leader in shots faced (5,469) and saves made (4,872). Brett Ponich needs three games played to reach 100 in his WHL career.
Winter Hawks Season Highs and Lows:
Most Goals Scored: 7 (11/9/08 vs. Kamloops, 7-5 win)
Fewest Goals Scored: 0 (Seven Times)
Most Goals Allowed: 7 (Three Times)
Fewest Goals Allowed: 1 (Five Times)
Most Power Play Chances: 10 (10/18/08 @ Moose Jaw, 5-4 loss)
Most Power Play Chances Against: 9 (Twice)
Most Power Play Goals Scored: 2 (Four Times)
Most Power Play Goals Allowed: 4 (10/21/08 @ Prince Albert, 7-0 loss)
Most Shots Taken: 40 (9/20/08 vs. Spokane, 3-0 loss)
Fewest Shots Taken: 17 (9/21/08 vs. Kelowna, 2-1 win)
Most Shots Allowed: 49 (12/5/08 vs. Calgary, 5-1 loss)
Fewest Shots Allowed: 19 (11/18/08 @ Chilliwack, a 2-0 loss)
Last Shutout: N/A
Last Time Shutout: 11/28/08 @ Everett (Barrie, 22 Saves – 3-0 loss)
Overtime Game Winning Goals: Rutkowski 10/22 vs. Saskatoon